AUM Fidelity To Kick-off 2010 With The Eri Yamamoto Trio

October 21, 2009

In Each Day, Something Good

On January 12th, AUM Fidelity will kick-off its 2010 release schedule with the Eri Yamamoto Trio’s In Each Day, Something Good (AUM059). The record, pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto‘s third recording for the label under her own name, follows 2008’s Redwoods (AUM049), which earned her longstanding New York-based trio, and its distinctive music, international acclaim. In Each Day, Something Good finds the group, which also features bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, presenting a new collection of 10 original compositions.

“On this album,” writes Ms. Yamamoto in the liner notes, “half of the songs I composed through capturing some of my experiences living in New York City since 1995, and also through traveling within many countries to perform. I composed the other songs as a soundtrack to the black and white silent movie, I Was Born, But… by director Yasujiro Ozu. While Ozu’s film is serious and sometimes heartbreaking, it also has lightness and humor. Even though this film was made more than 75 years ago, we can still gain from it ideas and hope for dealing with the hard times our modern world is facing. We have been performing this suite of compositions along with screenings of the film.”

Critics have called Ms. Yamamoto’s past work on AUM Fidelity, which also includes her duos collection Duologue (AUM048) and a sidewoman role on William Parker’s Raining On The Moon (AUM043), “expressively versatile” (Philip Clark, The Wire), “a succession of distinct pleasures” (Michael Coyle, Cadence) and “a little dangerous and a whole lot lovely” (Will Layman, “Eri Yamamoto’s pianism is quietly dignified and her approach to music making exudes introspection and beauty,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York‘s Marc Medwin. “Each note seems sculpted out of the silence surrounding it.”’s Michael G. Nastos adds, “Eri Yamamoto’s contemporary jazz style has not only come of age, but has fully blossomed, flowered, and is as beautiful as any mature rose. This trio recording—with veteran bassist David Ambrosio and longtime drummer Ikuo Takeuchi—shows Yamamoto’s fluid melodic elements, sprawling vistas of color, and her innate common sense in stringing together lines of passion and cleanliness. While remaining in a modern vein, her piano style reflects classical training, post-bop sensibilities, and progressive ideals. An excellent trio recording that stands apart from most others with similar instrumentation, Redwoods deserves a close listen for every smart jazz piano fan.”

Trained in the classical tradition since the age of three, Ms. Yamamoto first heard a jazz piano trio perform live by chance during a visit to New York from her native Japan in 1995. Prior to that fateful encounter with noted pianist Tommy Flanagan, she had never studied or performed jazz. Four years later she burst on to the New York scene at the now defunct Avenue B Social Club in the East Village after completing her studies at New School University’s prestigious jazz program with legendary bassist Reggie Workman among others.

Her 14 year-old flagship ensemble, the Eri Yamamoto Trio, has since become a New York jazz institution thanks to its nearly decade-long residency at the historic Greenwich Village jazz venue, Arthur’s Tavern. The group currently performs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, offering what Time Out New York calls “the place to hear all the new ideas brewing in an already compositionally agile mind.” The trio has also performed in various other cities around the world, including tours of Italy, Japan, Spain and U.K. In Each Day, Something Good is the band’s sixth recording. Learn more at

AAJ Contributors Pick Their Favorite 2008 Releases

January 16, 2009 has posted a compilation of “Best of 2008” lists from 36 of its contributors. 

We’re proud to report the following client releases were named amongst the various writers’ top tens:

Jason Adasiewicz, Rolldown (482 Music)
The Blueprint Project with Han Bennink, People I Like (Creative Nation Music)
Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity)
Garrison Fewell/Eric Hofbauer, The Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music)
Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12)
William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
Mario Pavone, Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings)
Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) 
Eri Yamamoto Trio, Redwoods (AUM Fidelity) 

Congratulations to all the musicians and labels recognized for their work in 2008.

2008 Cadence Record Poll

January 15, 2009

The Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Cadence arrived yesterday and with it the results of the magazine’s annual Record Poll.

Bill Dixon’s 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound: Darfur (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity) earned the fourth place slot in the Readers’ Choices Poll (only nine votes behind the winner three slots above), as well as a full-page review further on in that same issue written by Jason Bivins.

Bivins wrote, “Put briefly, this group doesn’t once (collectively or individually) commit the cardinal sin of large ensemble group improv: overplaying.  Rather, they listen, leave space and make each dynamic shift count as they realize Dixon’s dark musical vision.  That vision emerges in great detail, thanks firstly to a quite rich and colorful score, but also thanks to a very clear recording.”

In the Critics’ Choices Poll, for which contributors choose their 10 favorite releases covered in one of the magazine’s four 2008 issues, Jay Collins picked Mario Pavone’s Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings) and Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown (482 Music), Michael Coyle chose Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue (AUM Fidelity), and Michael Rosenstein selected Peter Evans’ The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12 Records). 

Congratulations to the clients listed above and all those recognized in the poll results.

2008 Village Voice Jazz Poll

December 31, 2008

The results of the 2008 Village Voice Jazz Poll are in and we’re pleased to report that five of our clients’ releases made the top 30 in the Jazz Album of the Year category.

#16: William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity)
#21: Mary Halvorson Trio, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) 
#24: Mario Pavone, Trio Arc (Playscape Recordings)
#27: William Parker, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM Fidelity)
#29: Bill Dixon, 17 Musicians In Search Of A Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity)

Congratulations are also in order for the following releases included on individual voters’ top 10 lists as part of the polling.

Jason Adasiewicz, Rolldown (482 Music)
Roy Campbell, Akhenaten Suite (AUM Fidelity)
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks, Imagination (Yeah Yeah Records)
Nicole Mitchell, Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12 Records)
Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings)
Eri Yamamoto, Duologue (AUM Fidelity)
Eri Yamamoto Trio, Redwoods (AUM Fidelity)

Eri Yamamoto And The William Parker Quartet Among Soundcheck’s Top 15 Jazz CDs Of 2008

December 23, 2008







Will Layman, jazz critic for WNYC’s Soundcheck, has named two AUM Fidelity releases to his Top 15 Jazz CDs of 2008 list, Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau.

Two AUM Fidelity Releases Among’s Best Jazz Of 2008

December 17, 2008







Pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue (AUM048) and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM050) are numbers three and five respectively on’s Best Jazz of 2008 list, published today.

In his blurb about Duologue, Ms. Yamamoto’s collection of duets with saxophonist Daniel Carter, percussionist Hamid Drake, bassist William Parker and drummer Federico Ughi, jazz critic Will Layman writes, “The pianist came to jazz from classical training and then a fascination with Tommy Flanagan, but today she plays ‘free’ or ‘out’, liberated from conventional tonality. But her ‘out’ playing is persistently sunny and beautiful. These duets glow.”

“Like most of the music on this list,” wrote Layman of Petit Oiseau, “Parker’s quartet plays music that has made a lie of the contrast between ‘avant-garde jazz’ and the jazz tradition. The jazz tradition, represented so well here, is just about the freedom to sing as you choose.”

Eri Yamamoto Trio To Give Special Intimate Performance December 3rd

December 1, 2008

On Wednesday, December 3rd, pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto and her longstanding trio, currently featuring bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, will celebrate their recent release, Redwoods (AUM Fidelity AUM049), with a special performance at Faust Harrison Pianos‘ Midtown Manhattan showroom in New York.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Because of the limited seating available, reservations are requested. Please e-mail AUM Fidelity if you plan to attend.

Critics called Redwoods “rapturous” (Will Layman,, “a pleasure” (Marc Medwin, AllAboutJazz-New York) and “a compelling program of music” (Nic Jones, All Music Guide‘s Michael G. Nastos added, “An excellent trio recording that stands apart from most others with similar instrumentation, Redwoods deserves a close listen for every smart jazz piano fan.”